Late For Work 5/9: Suggs Gets ‘Good News’ After Surgery

Video: Rice hand delivers first Nike jersey to Kiebler. Franchise tag tracker. Busy day.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 9:10 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

UPDATE: Suggs Only Suffers Partial Tear, Predicts 4-6 Month Return

Suggs told The Baltimore Sun this morning that the injury to his Achilles tendon was only a partial tear.

“As far as my return, it’s still the same as the original prognosis of four to six months,” said Suggs.

If that timetable holds true, Suggs will return in November at the latest.

“I’m 29 years old. I don’t miss games. I’ll be returning soon.”

Doctors reportedly told Suggs that he can begin rehabilitation within the next two weeks. He doesn’t plan on staying at the hospital for long as he is scheduled to travel to Baltimore this morning and meet with Ravens head trainer Mark Smith and team doctors.

Suggs Gets ‘Good News’ After Surgery

Even after the Ravens announced late last night that Terrell Suggs had a successful Achilles tendon surgery, two questions still remained.

First, did he suffer a full or partial tear? Second, what is the timetable for his recovery?

Suggs himself may have provided a small clue.

Without specifying the prognosis and recovery time, Suggs told Aaron Wilson he got “good news” after the surgery.

One wonders whether the Defensive Player of the Year would constitute it as “good news” if he had been told that he had little chance of returning this season or that he suffered a full tear.

Asked how he is doing after undergoing the procedure performed by noted specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, Suggs said: “Sweet, marvelous.”

“If Suggs, 29, completely tore his Achilles in a conditioning drill during the final day of the NFL draft, then he’s projected to be out for the next eight months to a year and would definitely miss the entire season,” Wilson wrote.

“However, a partial tear could allow Suggs to possibly return by the middle to later portion of the season.”

When news of the injury initially broke, Suggs was adamant that he would “absolutely” be back by the middle to end of October and “definitely” the beginning of November.

“I love how you guys are saying out for the season, just gonna make my comeback that much bigger,” Suggs told Wilson prior to surgery.

Rice Hand Delivers First Nike Jersey To Keibler

Running back Ray Rice says he’s making his mom jealous.

That’s because he hand delivered his very first Nike jersey to former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader, actress and professional wrestler Stacy Keibler.

Born and bred in Baltimore, Keibler grew up a Ravens fan and remembers when the team first came to town. She felt honored just to be a part of it as a cheerleader.

“After being on the field and feeling those emotions, I was invested into this team,” Keibler said. “So I spent the time in between seasons learning about the game and becoming obsessed with football.”

Keibler moved to Los Angles in 2004 to pursue her acting and wrestling career, but she hasn’t forgotten her roots.

“No matter where I live, I will always bleed purple,” Keibler told Rice.

The Nike Football video below documents Rice and Keibler’s meeting as they reminisce about all the wonderful things about Charm City and the connection they feel to it.

(And, no, her movie star boyfriend, George Clooney, is not in the video. Sorry to disappoint all you female fans.)

“You were here before me, so technically this is your city,” Rice said. “I just pay my rent at the stadium by scoring a few touchdowns.”

Franchise Tag Tracker

While we’re on the topic of Rice, let’s take a look at his franchise tag situation.

Rice still hasn’t signed his tag or struck a long-term deal with the Ravens and “apparently doesn’t plan to do so for a while,” wrote ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

But his situation is not unusual.

Of the 21 players who received the franchise tag this offseason, 12 remain unsigned.

The deadline to do so is still a ways off too. Tagged players have until July 16 to sign new deals with their team or they’ll play under the tag for the 2012 season. Often times, the pressure of a deadline is needed to push negotiations along.

In addition to Rice, here is the list of franchised players who have yet to sign their tag or agree to a new deal:

Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Bears running back Matt Forte, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, Lions defensive lineman Cliff Avril, Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, 49ers safety Dashon Goldson, Titans safety Michael Griffin, Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth, Broncos kicker Matt Prater and Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee.

Busy Day For Ravens

John Eisenberg pointed out that the Ravens are enduring an offseason to forget.

But team officials aren’t sitting around sulking as they had one of their busiest days yesterday since the 2011 season ended.

Early in the day, news broke that newly signed defensive tackle Ryan McBean’s suspension was dropped from six games to three. Later on, the team announced they agreed to terms with former Texans wide receiver and return man Jacoby Jones and extended the contract of strong safety Bernard Pollard. Reports also came out that the team signed three draft picks in second-round offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, fourth-round safety Christian Thompson and fifth-round cornerback Asa Jackson.

After all of that, then came the news that Suggs had a successful Achilles tendon surgery.

Not a bad day.

Here are some thoughts on the Jones and Pollard moves:

Jones is a great fit: “While Jones failed to reach his potential in Houston, he is a great fit for the Ravens,” Hensley wrote. “He becomes the No. 3 target on an unproductive wide receiver group and takes over as the primary punt returner. … The Ravens have needed a No. 3 wide receiver since cutting Lee Evans, who failed to hold onto the winning touchdown catch in the AFC Championship Game. They can only hope Jones can hold onto the ball better, especially after what Baltimore saw first-hand from him in the playoffs.”

Ravens, Pollard a good match: “The Ravens and safety Bernard Pollard were a good match from the outset,” wrote Eisenberg. “The team is known for its physical play, and Pollard was a physical presence in the secondary from the day he joined Baltimore as an unrestricted free agent a year ago.”

Quick Hits

  • Without Suggs in the lineup, Pete Prisco dropped the Ravens six spots in his NFL power rankings from No. 5 to No. 11. “Losing Terrell Suggs with a torn Achilles tendon is a huge hit. They better hope Courtney Upshaw is the real deal,” Prisco wrote. []
  • “Stuck in a salary cap crunch, the Ravens are utilizing baseball’s ‘Moneyball’ philosophy to restock their defensive interior,” wrote Eisenberg. “‘Moneyball’ – a concept made famous in a 2004 book by Michael Lewis and a 2011 movie that drew an Academy Award nomination – is all about finding bargains in a sport’s increasingly expensive landscape: spending less to replicate performances for which other teams pay more.” []
  • AlbertBreer: I think Baltimore can get by with combo of Kruger, Upshaw and Kindle for a couple months. But Suggs in November or December is key. [Twitter]
  • pkruger99: Argument in the locker room… Who’s harder to tackle Lynch or Bradshaw? Lemme know what you guys think. [Twitter]
  • LWebb21: Everyone follow Bernard Pollard @Crushboy31 the second hardest hitter on the ravens next to me! Lol [Twitter]
  • LWebb21: Ohhhhhhh @carywilliams29 on twitter! #29toonice! [Twitter]
  • GerrySandusky: If Jacoby Jones helps Ravens as much as former Texans Bernard Pollard and Vonta Leach, then the Ravens made a significant pick up today. [Twitter]

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